Monday, August 27, 2007
What NOT to Read When You're Pregnant
So, here I am. Thirty five and pregnant with little nipper number three, when all of a sudden I happen upon this headline Experts: U.S. childbirth deaths on rise If you read the article, it basically says that a woman's chances for dying in childbirth have raised slightly in the last decade or so. The story about a healthy woman who already had two kids with no complications and then had excessive bleeding with the third and died really has kind of freaked me out. Justin tells me not to worry, because the numbers really are very slight. I've had preterm labor with both previous pregnancies, so I think chances are pretty good that it will happen again (unless I'm very careful.) The last time was with Duncan at 32 weeks. The labor had progressed enough that they put me on Magnesium Sulfate, a drug used to relax the muscles (also used for pre-eclampsia.) I had a bad reaction to it and had a little emergency. Blacked out, once awake I could not move, could not talk. Justin told me later he thought he might lose me. So now, of course, I'm thinking about my history and this new information, and trying not to stress too much. We were relieved after I had my first "old lady ultrasound" last week, and the baby looks great. So, doggonit why did I have to go and read that article? Maybe what I should take away from this is the thousands of women who don't die in childbirth, next to the ten that do. Sigh.